Ten creative ideas on how to hang family photos

Ten creative ideas on how to hang family photos

In response to my post on artwork earlier this week, I have gathered a few great ideas on how to display your family photos without cluttering your table tops.

I have a little boy who is more than curious and I needed to make a few of these changes myself.  I realized when he turned one that I was going to have to make some sacrifices.  I’m not talking about losing sleep or my sanity (although I have had to make those sacrifices too). I am talking about un-decorating my home.  I had visions of raising a child that just knew not to touch my accessories, or anything else on the top of a table for that matter.  But instead I was blessed with an active toddler who thinks everything is fair game.  So, around his first birthday I had to remove everything off of my tables.  That included lamps and books, vases and candles.  That also included my photo frames.  In my house, unless a surface is higher than 35″ off the ground, it can’t have ANYTHING on it. To most people that’s no big deal, they don’t even have accessories anyways, but to a designer it’s devastating.  I constantly feel as if my room is unfinished and cant wait for the day I can open up those stored  boxes full of accessories and re-decorate my home once again.  But most of my clients, friends and family have plenty of family photos around the house and I cant be the only with a toddler who has to put these things away.  So I have come up with some creative ideas on how to hang family photos on your walls.

1.  Hang family photos vertically.

I love how these portraits are hung vertically on a narrow wall.  All of the frames match and they fill up that nook perfectly.  A great idea that anyone can work into their home.  You can find inexpensive frames at IKEA, Joann’s or Michael’s.

interior design artwork

by Erica George Dines Photography

2.  Use a wallpaper as your frame.

This is a very creative idea for a nursery, children’s play area or bedroom.  Its a wallpaper and they have applied regular old snapshots into the frames.  Once you get the wallpaper up, it would be so inexpensive and easy to constantly change.


family photos artwork

3.  Set them on a ledge.

I love this simple ledge.  You can take old photos or new photos, blow them up and stick them in frames.  You could even find an assortment of frames at a thrift store to save money.  None of them have to match to make this look work.

hanging family photos



4.  Hang them vertically across your wall.

I am a huge fan of lining up artwork and hanging them across a wall, but this has a neat little twist and it allows you to hang even more photos because you have two rows of frames.  So creative, why didn’t I think of that!!

hanging family photos

5.  Turn a family photo into a piece of art.

Can you say adorable?  Blow up one of your photos and turn it into an actual piece of art!  This is too cute. and think of how much fun your family would have taking this photo.  There would be some great memories behind this piece of art.

hanging family photos

6.  Hang them on a wire.

Another great idea that’s different, and it would also be easy to change these photos as you take new ones.

hanging family photos

7.  Blow them up in black and white and hang them in a collage on one large wall.

This makes a huge impact.  Similar to the idea above with the family lined up on the stairs.  You would need to visit a professional photographer to capture the quality needed for these photographs and also do a little measuring and planning to make sure everything fits perfectly.

hanging family photos

8.  Turn a photo into wallpaper.

This is such an amazing idea.  It can be a little more modern, but would work well in a play room, or even great on a wall in a basement to add personality to an informal space.

wallpaper photo

9.  Let the photo shine with simple white frames and mattes.

It’s the crisp white frame against the crisp white matte that really makes these black and white family photographs stand out.  So classic and modern all at the sam time.  This could be a very inexpensive DIY project that can be implemented in almost any room or space.

displaying family photographs

10.  Turn your hallway into a gallery and use a colored frame.

I found this photo a long time ago and it has always stuck in my mind.  The white walls with the red frames and black photos look so amazing, but really you could use any color frame.  Its the large collection and simplicity of it all that achieves this amazing look.

displaying family photos


I hope you can put some of these ideas to good use in your own home.  Check out my other ideas on my Pinterest board “Family Photos”



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  1. Rhona Chartouni
    April 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Great ideas. Where can I find the wallpaper? I love the idea of turning photo into wallpaper mural.

  2. Karen
    June 7, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Can’t click on these images from my Mac. Wish I could though.

  3. admin
    July 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Karen, thanks for letting me know, I am having problems with some of the photos in my posts. Until I am able to resolve the problem you can see all of the photos, and more, on my Pinterest board here:


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